About once a week, we speak with a beer fan who is concerned about the "floaties," flakes, or sediment they've found in their craft beer. "Is it bad?" "Will this make me sick?" and "this looks gross" are a few of the comments we read or hear.
In recent news, we've heard that craft beer fans want a beer to fuss over. Not only do you want a beer that is delicious, but you are interested in high quality ingredients, a wonderful aroma, and a beer with a beautiful look and color. As you pour your beer into the perfect glass, you see white flakes that you weren't expecting and some not so positive thoughts come to mind unless you've done some previous research about the subject.
Let's talk gas. Beer has it...and it shows up visually in the form of bubbles.
When you order a pint at your local watering hole, it will most likely be served using CO2 or carbon dioxide. During fermentation, yeast in the tank/vessel eat sugars from the liquid (called wort or sweet barley tea) and naturally there are two bi-products from this process...alcohol and CO2. Before the beer goes from the fermentation vessels to a brite tank (where the beer settles before bottling), or directly to racking for kegging, it is often force carbonated to give the beer fizz, flavors and aromas.
Are you excited or what? You just found that Reserve Series beer you've been looking for and after purchasing this high ABV (alcohol by volume) 22 ounce bottle, you get home, look at the label, and notice that it says: "Best After" January 2016. You think to yourself: "WHAT?!?, I have to wait a year before I am able to drink this beer?" Then the internal conversation begins inside your own head, "Should I drink this now, or add it to my cellar?"
They call it the City of Angeles. Los Angeles. The most populated city in California and the second most populated city in the Unites States right behind New York City. Thousands upon thousands of people flock to LA for many different reasons. It's a mecca for international trade, culture, fashion, science, sports, technology, healthcare, medicine, and of course, ENTERTAINMENT!
Ah, the IPA!
Hop forward, hop backward, hop side to side. White IPAs, Black IPAs, Red IPAs, Brown IPAs, Rye IPAs, Belgian IPAs, Session IPAs, Double IPAs, Triple IPAs, Experimental IPAs, Imperial IPAs, 90 Minute IPAs & 120 Minute IPAs (shout out to Dogfish Head for those last two).
Let’s talk IPA aroma and taste…
Do you like citrus?
How about orange, grapefruit, mandarin, tangerine, pineapple, lemon and lime?
Or, are you way more down to “earth?”
How about woody, cedar, grassy, sandalwood, piney, fresh, wet, rose, catty, herbal and spicy?
Land of the free and home of the red, white, and brew. Whether you’re floating the river, barbecuing, or simply spending some quality time with friends and family, there’s nothing better than cracking open a craft beer and taking it all in. Are you hosting a BBQ or attending a pot luck to celebrate Independence Day? How about COOKING WITH BEER?? We've got a few different pairing options perfect for any backyard chef or indoor baker.
“The Kids” have been in St. Louis for a while but have never had the opportunity to do any sightseeing. Since the Deschutes Brewery team was in town for Base Camp Week, we decided to put on the sunscreen and take the camera out on the town to learn about a few famous landmarks that makes St. Louis so special.
Beer lovers rejoice! Deschutes Brewery is shipping out the latest Red Chair Northwest Pale Ale seasonal ale. Be sure to track some down as last year's batch sold out way in advance..
And don't forget to enter the Red Chair Sweepstakes to try and win a Winter escape for two at Mt Bachelor..